Hair Oil Love

Are you a hair oil lover? If not, you should be! 

I've used hair oils for years, but lately I've been using them rather religiously for a few reasons since deciding to grow my gray out. I'm going to apologize for the length of this post in advance. My posts are usually not this long. I just have so much to share on oils. Oils can literally change your hair, not just make your strands look better, but actually improve the health of your hair and scalp. They are wondrous things. Below is my own personal experience. I hope you enjoy.
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  • I'm growing out my hair and I want my hair to be in the best condition it can be. The oils will help keep my scalp healthy, encourage growth, and keep the split ends at bay. I am not giving up on my hair. I'm even working on it more now since deciding to grow my gray out
  • I'm also trying to gradually remove the box color from my hair. In my quest to grow my gray out, I'm hoping to ease the transition by removing some of the color off of my gray and white hairs. Oil does remove hair dye. It will just take some time. I have already noticed this happening. I have a few lengthy hairs that are completely color free. Notice I say a few. I'm in this for the long haul.
  • I'm trying to repair the damage I caused to my hair when I attempted to strip the color out of my hair with Colorfix. It severely damaged my hair and I want to save it. Ion (Olaplex dupe) really worked, but I want to do even more.

  • Lastly, I discovered a truth about hair oils that I thought was a bogus lie. Hair oils CAN darken gray hair back to the natural color. This has happened first hand with me. It hasn't been drastic, just a slow change. Don't get me wrong. I still have gray and tons of it, but the change has been unexpected. I even questioned if my eyes were deceiving me. My two months plus of hair growth of gray is not as noticeable.

Hair Oils 101
In the quest for natural hair care, there are many oils. Some are nice and lightweight and some are thick and sticky. Some downright stink. My reliable hair oils are coconut, olive and argan. But I'm also really liking flaxseed oil and castor oil too. Oh, Lets go ahead and throw in some jojoba too.

Castor Oil. Yep, the oil that may induce labor in pregnant moms is also excellent for hair growth. Of all the oils this is by far the thickest and the stickiest. It's pretty much gross. It's perfect for a night time treatment on your ends for conditioning and protecting. Or you massage it into your scalp. It will increase circulation, improve scalp environment and encourage hair growth. With the leftovers on your fingers swipe gently over your lashes to give them a boost of growth too. 

Coconut oil is lightweight and slick. And depending on what time of the year it is, it could also be solid. So in the Winter, use might require a little more effort. Coconut oil is what I like to call your basic Go To for everything kinda oil. It's antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It's super for keeping your scalp healthy including fighting dandruff. It also really good for making your hair shinny. If you apply a small amount it can be a leave in conditioner, fly away tamer, or shine attainer. If you want to apply more, it can be an pre-shampoo treatment. It's also a good oil to mix with essential oils like rosemary, peppermint or lavender for an extra special treat. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer if your hair doesn't need a lot of repair. 

Olive oil  is hopefully an oil you have in your kitchen and is readily available for use in the bathroom. Olive oil is heavier than coconut oil and requires a little more effort when washing afterwards. However olive oil is an excellent moisturizer for longer and courser hair. It will make your hair so soft.

Jojoba oil is an oil that mimics your own hair's natural oils. It's lightweight and slick. If used sparingly, jojoba can be a leave in conditioner for the ends of your hair. Or you can apply it to your scalp for a pre-shampoo treat. I love to put jojoba oil on my ends at night. Don't worry if you think you've applied too much. By the time morning rolls around, most of the oil will be absorbed by your hair, leaving no greasy residue. There is no need to rinse out. And jojoba oil looks amazing on your skin. Dab some on your cheeks before you head out the door. And complements will follow.

Argan oil. This one is tricky. Lots of brands say they are argan or Moroccan oil, however few are the pure oils. Most are cut with a silicon to give a slip so you can glide your fingers through your hair easily. So always look at the list of ingredients. Make sure the only one listed is argan oil. Argan oil can also have a smell that isn't always pleasant, so beware. But argan oil is the one of the best as a leave in for extra shine, softness and manageability. It can also be expensive, so check around for brands. Josie Maran makes a great one, that has no smell, but it can be pricey.

Flaxseed oil. I just happened upon this oil recently. I've used it a few times as a nighttime treatment, applying only to the bottom half of my hair. And I've really liked the results. Flaxseed is similar to olive oil, but not as heavy. In fact is a bit thinner and spreads more easily through your hair. I even want to say that I like Flaxseed oil better than olive oil. I am just so impressed with the results and my hair doesn't smell like olive oil. Big plus in my book.

How To Hair Oil Routine

So how do I use my oils?
My routine is with flaxseed, castor, coconut, and argan.

If I know, I'm going to wash my hair the next day, at night, before bed I massage coconut oil with a few drops of rosemary essential oil mixed in on my scalp. Rosemary is wonderful for encouraging hair growth and a healthy scalp environment. It has been used for centuries for hair growth. Then I take some flaxseed oil and run it through the bottom half of my hair. If I notice my ends are really bad I'll throw a bit of casor oil on the ends, pressing it into the hair. (you can't really press the oil into the strands, it's more of just the motion of my hands sliding along and pressing) Then I braid my hair in two side braids, and go to sleep on a towel to protect my pillow. I'm not saturating my hair. I only put on enough, that I can wash my hair with one step shampoo with no repeat. After I wash my hair the next day, I take a small amount of argan oil and smooth it through. And that's it.

If I have a longer amount of time, say like a Sunday afternoon into Monday morning, I'll start this routine earlier in the day leaving the coconut oil and rosemary to sit for several hours before bedtime. Then at bedtime, I'll massage the castor oil into my scalp too. And follow with the same previous routine. 

You can also check out another oil routine with apple cider vinegar that I use. There are so many ways to bring hair oils into your daily and weekly hair routines.  And oils are natural. You can trust they're not going to damage your hair. One thing to remember to always look for are high quality organic oils.  And you can't go wrong with what ever oil routine you decide.


Heather said…
This is a great roundup! Super helpful to know which oil is best for the results you want.

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